Two brothers from different walks of life – one a successful screenwriter, the other a restless drifter – clash while housesitting for their mother in a sweltering Los Angeles suburb. This outlandishly funny and unsettling Pulitzer Prize-nominated comedy by acclaimed late playwright Sam Shepard gleefully detonates our misguided myths of family, identity, and the American Dream.
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|Event Type||Event Dates|
|Preview Performances||Jan. 17, 18, 19, and 21 at 7:30 p.m.|
|Opening Night||Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m.|
|Pre-Play Design Talk||Jan. 21 at 6:45 p.m.|
|Post-Play Actor Talks||Feb. 5 at 2:00 p.m. and Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m.|
|Post-Play Panel Discussions||Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m.|
Sam Shepard’s first New York plays, Cowboys and The Rock Garden, were produced by Theatre Genesis in 1964. For several seasons, he worked with Off-Off-Broadway theater groups including La MaMa and Caffe Cino. Eleven of his plays won Obie Awards, including Chicago, The Tooth of the Crime, and Curse of the Starving Class. Other award-winning plays include Fool for Love, True West, A Lie of the Mind, and Buried Child, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1979. In 1986, Shepard was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters and received the Gold Medal for Drama from the Academy in 1992. He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame two years later. As a writer and director, he filmed Far North and Silent Tongue. As an actor, he appeared in numerous films, including The Right Stuff, Days of Heaven, and Resurrection. His final works of prose, The One Inside and Spy of the First Person, were published in 2017, the year of his death.
Braden joined Seattle Rep in 2002 and held several positions on the artistic staff before his appointment as Artistic Director 2015. An accomplished director, he has directed many productions for Seattle Rep, most recently: The Great Moment (premiere); A Doll’s House, Part 2; Last of the Boys; Ibsen in Chicago (premiere); Well; Luna Gale; and A View from the Bridge. Other productions include: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Great Wilderness (premiere), The Glass Menagerie, Clybourne Park, and the critically acclaimed, extended runs of Photograph 51; My Name is Rachel Corrie (U.S. regional premiere); and Betrayal. Braden directed the West Coast premieres of This (Seattle Rep), The K of D, an urban legend (Seattle Rep, Pistol Cat, FringeNYC, Illusion Theatre), Breakin’ Hearts and Takin’ Names, Opus (Seattle Rep), and White Hot (Marxiano Productions/West of Lenin). Other premieres include Riddled (Richard Hugo House), Clear Blue Sky (On the Boards/Northwest New Works), and The Ten Thousand Things (Washington Ensemble Theatre). Braden has developed new work with Seattle Rep, Denver Theatre Center, On the Boards, The O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Portland Center Stage, and The Playwrights Center. Member of SDC.
Cast and Production
Kevin is thrilled to be back at Seattle Rep where he was seen last year as Jeeter in Last of the Boys. Regionally, he has performed at Roundabout, Second Stage, and Manhattan Theatre Club in NYC, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Victory Gardens in Chicago, and the Geffen in LA. Kevin has starred in over 30 film and television productions and over 30 stage productions worldwide from Steppenwolf (35-year ensemble member) to Broadway, Off-Broadway, Dublin, and London’s West End. He has been nominated for a Tony Award (Death of a Salesman), Outer Critics Circle Award (Come Back Little Sheba), Golden Globe, Viewers for Quality Television, TV Critics Association Awards (“Nothing Sacred”), and has won Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards (Death of a Salesman), and Theatre World and Jefferson Awards (Orphans). Some of his most memorable performances include Orphans (with Albert Finney), Sleeping with the Enemy (with Julia Roberts), Sunset Boulevard (with Patti LuPone), RFK in Hoffa (with Jack Nicholson), and Biff in Death of a Salesman. He is perhaps best known for his performance as Father Ray in ABC’s “Nothing Sacred.” Recently, he created the role of Mr. Breeding in Tracy Letts' new play The Minutes at Steppenwolf and portrayed John Adams in the musical 1776 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Lori Larsen played Hazel in The Children last fall at Island Stage Left on San Juan Island. She returns to Seattle Rep where she made her debut 50 years ago as a hotel guest in A Flea in Her Ear. She has wrestled sardines in Noises Off, slid down piano keys in Private Lives, secretly written a play in The Beard of Avon, shared the stage with a pug in The Constant Wife, comforted a hemophiliac in Shivaree, broken all the furniture in Mandrake/The Wedding, took her own life in The Front Page, danced the tango in The Vinegar Tree, and come in through the bathroom window in New Patagonia. She’s very happy to be back.
Zachary Ray Sherman
Born in Portland, Oregon, actor Zachary Ray Sherman has lived in Los Angeles since 2005 when he was cast off a videotape audition for Tim Hunter's (River's Edge) western, The Far Side of Jericho. Past theater credits include: Keith Huff’s A Steady Rain, DB Levin’s One Step Over, Macbeth, and Lost in Yonkers. Film and TV credits include CBS's "90210," Netflix's teen dramedy "Archie's Final Project," Netflix’s series “Everything Sucks!" and the recently released film CUCK, for which he gained 45lbs for the role of an isolated, lonely, confused young man in 2019’s divided America. He's helmed two feature films: writing, directing, and producing Barbie's Kenny; and his second film, Thunderbolt In Mine Eye, co-directed with his sister Sarah, is executive produced by the Duplass Brothers.
Brandon J. Simmons
Brandon J. Simmons is pleased to make his Seattle Rep debut in True West. Brandon has appeared with many theaters in Seattle, including Book-It Repertory Theatre (The Picture of Dorian Gray), The Seagull Project (The Seagull, The Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard), Washington Ensemble Theatre (Feathers & Teeth, Sextet), The Williams Project (A Bright Room Called Day), On the Boards (The People's Republic of Valerie), New City Theater (Hamlet, The Tempest), and numerous productions with Seattle Shakespeare Company, most recently as Olivia in Twelfth Night. He wrote Is She Dead Yet?, which received the 2016 Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play, and directed the Seattle premiere of An Octoroon at ArtsWest. Brandon co-founded The Seagull Project, where he served in various artistic and administrative roles from 2011-2018.
Seattle Rep: In the Heights, Roz and Ray. Broadway: The Elephant Man (starring Bradley Cooper), Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (dir. Spike Lee). West End: The Elephant Man. OffBroadway: Seared (MCC Theatre); Describe the Night, Guards at the Taj (2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Set Design), Our New Girl (Atlantic); Vietgone, Important Hats of the Twentieth Century (Manhattan Theatre Club); Heathers: The Musical, Luce (Lincoln Center Theater); Gigantic (Vineyard); Much Ado About Nothing (The Public Theater). Regional: Geffen Playhouse, A.C.T. San Francisco, Ford’s Theatre, Seattle Rep, The Old Globe, Center Stage Baltimore, Denver Center, Portland Center Stage, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, Geva Theatre Center, and Yale Repertory Theatre. Dance: Doug Varone and Dancers, Cedar Lake Dance. TV: “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo,” “Gotham,” “Smash,” and “The Today Show.” Education: North Carolina School of the Arts, Yale School of Drama. timothymackabeedesign.com
Deborah Trout is pleased to return to Seattle Rep after her recent work on A Doll’s House, Part 2. Other recent projects range from The Turn of the Screw and Beatrice and Benedict at Seattle Opera; Dracula and The Crucible at ACT Theatre; as well as her more unusual journey with choreographer Alice Gosti on the transformational “epic dress” for How to Become a Partisan at Seattle’s St. Mark’s Cathedral and in Terni, Italy. A Northwest designer, past collaborations have included shows at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Houston’s Alley Theatre, Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Manhattan School of Music, Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage, Juneau’s Perseverance Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Syracuse Stage, among many others. Co-founder of the New York-based millinery company Mackey and Trout, she is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, a member of United Scenic Artists, and on the design faculty at the University of Washington’s School of Drama.
Marcus Doshi is an international theater maker, professor, and Associate Chair of Theatre at Northwestern University. He designs lighting and sets for theater, opera, and dance, and collaborates with artists and architects on a variety of non-performance-based work. His work has been seen on and off-Broadway, at home in Chicago, in Seattle with Seattle Opera, Intiman, and Seattle Rep where he designed The King Stag and Memory House, extensively at most major regional theaters and opera companies, and internationally in 18 countries across five continents, notably at La Comédie Française, Dutch National Opera, La Monnaie, Sydney Festival, and National Arts Centre Mumbai. He is a frequent collaborator with Theatre for a New Audience and Steppenwolf Theatre. Doshi is a graduate of Wabash College and Yale School of Drama. marcusdoshi.com
Sound Designer & Composer
Off-Broadway: Fires in the Mirror (Signature Theatre); Continuity (Manhattan Theatre Club); Passage, Fairview (Soho Rep); Recent Alien Abductions, Time's Journey Through a Room (Play Co.); By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Signature Theatre); Blue Ridge (Atlantic Theatre); The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons); Rags Parkland, Underground Railroad Game (Ars Nova); Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (NYTW); Master (Foundry Theatre Co.); Skittles: The Broadway Musical; Black Artist Retreat by Theaster Gates (Park Avenue Armory). Regional: Berkeley Rep, The Alley, Woolly Mammoth, Baltimore Center Stage, Trinity Rep, Pig Iron, Syracuse Stage, Arden Theatre, Early Morning Opera. Mikaal has received nominations from Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award, SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Theatre Bay Area Award, and AUDELCO Award. He is a recipient of the Henry Hewes Design Award. www.mikaal.com
Geoffrey is honored to be part of True West. Past Seattle Rep credits include Indecent, As You Like It, Here Lies Love, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Inspecting Carol, Sylvia, and God of Carnage, to name a few. National credits include work at The Old Globe, the Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Seattle Children's Theatre's production of Robin Hood, which premiered at The New Victory Theatre in NYC.
Credits include: Shout Sister Shout!, Seattle Rep’s Public Works’ As You Like It, Nina Simone: Four Women, In the Heights, The Humans, Seattle Rep’s Public Works’ The Odyssey, The Vaudevillians, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Venus in Fur, Boeing Boeing, Clybourne Park, The Imaginary Invalid, Birdie Blue, Twelfth Night (Seattle Rep); Rock of Ages, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion, Grease, A Chorus Line, Oliver!, Secondhand Lions, The Music Man, RENT, Cinderella (The 5th Avenue Theatre); The Little Prince, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Lyle the Crocodile (Seattle Children’s Theatre); The Temple Bombing (Alliance Theatre); La Cenerentola (Spoleto Festival ’08); The Lion in Winter, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Santa Cruz).
Assistant Stage Manager
Erin B. Zatloka
Erin is happy to be returning to Seattle Rep where she assistant stage managed Two Trains Running. She has most recently been at ACT Theatre where she was the stage manager for Steven Dietz’s Dracula. Other favorites include: Ragtime, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Annie (The 5th Avenue Theatre). Nothing in her life could happen without the support of friends and family. Love to Greg and Zoey.
McCorkle Casting LTD
Broadway: Over 50 productions including On The Town, Amazing Grace, End of the Rainbow, A Few Good Men, etc. Off-Broadway: Over 60 productions: Highlights, Our Town (Barrow Street), Freud’s Last Session, Toxic Avenger, Almost Maine, Driving Miss Daisy. Regional Theater: Guthrie, Barrington Stage, St. Louis Rep, George Street Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public, Connecticut Rep, and multiple hundreds of individual productions. Feature films: Senior Moment, Year by the Sea, Premium Rush, Ghost Town, The Thomas Crown Affair, Die Hard with a Vengeance, School Ties, etc. Television: “Twisted,” humans for “Sesame Street,” “Hack” (CBS), “Californication” (Emmy Nomination), “Max Bickford”(CBS), “Chappelle’s Show,” “Strangers with Candy,” etc. mccorklecasting.com
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